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Old 06-04-2011   #11
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It's always a tough call to retire a helmet, especially when it costs half as much as your boat. Good call on getting new helmets.

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Old 06-04-2011   #12
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Hang it on your wall of shame

Hey, if you want me to take a dump in a box and mark it "guaranteed", I will. I got spare time.
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Old 06-05-2011   #13
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Originally Posted by Duckins View Post
helmets are damn expensive, but are much cheaper than a funeral or hiring someone to wipe your drool/butt after getting brain damage. Of course, the cheapest option would be to keep my damn boat upright.
If WW helmets are anything like most other helmets, the foam is designed to only take one hard impact whether you crack the shell or not. The foam will compress and not be any good for the next impact. Couple hundred bucks is a much better option than hoping you can find someone to wipe your butt the rest of your life.
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Old 06-05-2011   #14
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a side note of helmets, but with full face helmets i'm struggling to find a location to fix my whistle to. if i have it on my pfd with a short leash, the "jaw guard" gets in the way if the helmet is properly tightened. if i lengthen the leash so i could actually use it, then the whistle is dangling all over the place.
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Old 07-22-2011   #15
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Broke my new replacement helmet in Slaughterhouse...two helmets down this season. Going for 3!!
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Old 07-22-2011   #16
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I was really on the fence and uncertain about my own choice of helmets until I got the worst helmet-bonking to date. With that said, I could write a romance novel about my WRSI helmet now.

I have a full-face attachment for my WRSI, but I hardly ever use it (and didn't have it for the worst-upside beating I've had). I've also never even skimmed my face, even with all the frequent paddling I do. On top of that, I wear glasses when I paddle (not even sport-glasses) and they've never been scraped either.

I am aware a lot of people have had their face worked when upside down, and I think it has to do with panic/technique/not-tucking in, etc. So it's a personal choice.

My chinstrap falls out of adjustment frequently though, so it's become a routine for me to tighten it every time I get in the boat. If there's one thing I might change, it's some-how frankenstein-fitting the Shred-Ready Hand-Of-God strap, to my WRSI; I just find that system very convenient.

Incidentally, WRSI helmets are more multi-impact-oriented than Sweet, (for better, or worse). So they will last longer, but how that helps or hinders impacts to your head is up for debate. I know for a fact my helmet is sufficient, though.

So while I prefer Shred Ready for comfort, I have never actually bonked my head with one on, so I can't account for that at all. I know for certain WRSI works, after what my head has been through, though.

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